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Summary: The church needs to understand that sharing the Gospel is a risky business.

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Risky Business- part 2

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Thesis: The church needs to understand that sharing the Gospel is a risky business.

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Matthew 25:14-30 ---Read from the Message

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Mat 25:13 NIV)

"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. (Mat 25:14 NIV)

To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. (Mat 25:15 NIV)

The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. (Mat 25:16 NIV)

So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. (Mat 25:17 NIV)

But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. (Mat 25:18 NIV)

"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. (Mat 25:19 NIV)

The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ’Master,’ he said, ’you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ (Mat 25:20 NIV)

"His master replied, ’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Mat 25:21 NIV)

"The man with the two talents also came. ’Master,’ he said, ’you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ (Mat 25:22 NIV)

"His master replied, ’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Mat 25:23 NIV)

"Then the man who had received the one talent came. ’Master,’ he said, ’I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. (Mat 25:24 NIV)

So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ (Mat 25:25 NIV)

"His master replied, ’You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? (Mat 25:26 NIV)

Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. (Mat 25:27 NIV)

"’Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. (Mat 25:28 NIV)

For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. (Mat 25:29 NIV)

And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Mat 25:30 NIV)

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Duet. 31:6 NIV)

I Corinthians 16:13

13Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong (NIV).

I Corinthians 16:13,14 (The Message)

Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.


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